Erika Larsen’s photographs explore the symbiotic relationship between Sámi reindeer herders and the environment, their existence in today’s world and their ancestral roots. Native to the Arctic Circle of northern Scandinavia and Russia - the largest area in the world with an ancestral way of life based on the seasonal migrations of the animals - the Sámi are by tradition reindeer herders who live a semi nomadic lifestyle. This work was created between 2007-2011 in Kautokeino, Norway and Gallivare, Sweden where Larsen worked as a beaga, or housekeeper, for a family of Sámi reindeer herders. The actual image making process was intuitive, but the process of understanding the culture required full immersion, through work, learning North Sámi language and listening.
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